Mara is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara came to Washington after co-chairing the Pennsylvania Gender Rights Coalition, and seeing a need for a professional transgender voice in the nation’s capitol. Mara is a transgender-identified woman who also identifies as a parent. She has received numerous awards from PFLAG, the Equality Forum, GayLaw, the Transgender Law Center, the Harvard Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Alliance and Out for Work, among others, and is a frequent speaker at events, colleges, and government agencies.